Members of Mary of the Visitation Church in Becker and Big Lake hopped on board the theme of “Make Lent Great!” by giving gifts of time, talent and treasure at an all-parish Lent event.
St. Patrick learned to trust God completely as he gave generously to others the spiritual gifts that Christ gave him which makes him a good Lenten saint for us to imitate and celebrate on his feast day, March 17.
Lent is intended to be a season of ongoing conversion. These are capsule reviews of 10 films that showcase characters experiencing a positive change of heart, mind or outlook.
A parish community less than two miles away and directly impacted by the Feb. 14 school shooting at a Broward County high school is finding new purpose in Lent this year, according to the parish administrator.
People often talk about giving up something for Lent such as candy, soda or more recently, social media, while some commit to doing something extra including praying more, reading spiritual works or helping others and many do both.
Unlike Christmas, Easter and every Sunday of the year, Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. Maybe that’s part of the draw for some people, who fill their parish churches for Ash Wednesday liturgies as they rarely do at any other time.
This year’s Rice Bowl program has taken on a special theme, following the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign kicked off by Pope Francis last September. As part of this ongoing effort of the universal church, Rice Bowl, too, is focusing on ways in which we share the journey of those in need, particularly migrants and refugees.
Lent is a time for holy reading and spiritual growth. Two new daily meditation books and a new collection of reflections relating to Christ’s resurrection offer good reading for Lent and Holy Week.
Many people looking at their February calendars are doing a double-take with Ash Wednesday falling on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.